Yuri Kochiyama & Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz _ The Compassionate Hearts

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yurikYuri and Malcolm were united in time and space on this here 19th of May, thought separated by a few years. They are remembered as Yogis throughout the world have embarked on a 40 day global sadhana. It is a time when the days are longest – the summer solstice arrives. When Light ……………. defeats Darkness!

They like to let us believe that because radicals are always quarrelling with people and systems, that we lack compassionate hearts. Not so with Malcolm and Yuri as the personal histories as told by people who knew them well could attest.

Of course, that she got to outlive him by many years, separates the prophet from the disciple. He must have been a Prophet, to have left us so soon. Not that this particular apostle contributed any less valuable work in the vineyards of genuine, global, radical discourses and actions – she did.

It was Yuri’s face, which might have been the last one, that Malcolm saw before his transition. For she was at the Audubon Ballroom on that dreadful day during 1965 (circa). That Goggle finds it proper to post an image of Yuri on their main page, today, maybe an indication of a recognition so richly deserved. Imagine, the only non-African-American to be a leading member of ‘Black Power’ groups, speaks to the affections held.
Malcolm found common cause with Yuri in the struggle of peoples of colour in our world. She, as a former ‘resident’ of America’s internment camps of the 1940’s. And He, as a well-connected descendant of an American slave system which, formally, lasted until 1865.

They saw one struggle. That the Japanese-American fight for reparations was no different to the articulations for universal justice as made by Malcolm. Of course, Japan’s growing role in the world, at that time, made it possible for the US government to attempt to repair the mass imprisonment of its Japanese citizens merely for being Japanese. African-Americans were made to wait in line until Africa regains her power.

And they had difference as well. Yuri was an unrepentant Marxist and Malcolm was smelted in the crucible of the Nation of Islam. But commonalities heavily outweighed perceived ideological differences. It was empire that had laid the vicious environment encircling both Malcolm and Yuri.

It is indeed fitting that the life’s work of both Yuri and Malcolm be remembered and that we, in their names, act to make the world a better place. The compassionate hearts of them both are vital in navigating this troublesome Aquarian Age. Sat Nam!

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39 Comments on “Yuri Kochiyama & Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz _ The Compassionate Hearts”

  1. David May 20, 2016 at 6:44 PM #

    Not one single comment?


  2. are-we-there-yet May 20, 2016 at 6:54 PM #

    It might have helped if pachamama had cut and pasted some info on at least Yuri Kochiyama to lubricate the subject. As it is there is nothing to entice the typical BU poster to contribute to this article.


  3. Exclaimer May 20, 2016 at 6:56 PM #

    I have never heard of this lady. However I will do some research on her tomorrow.


  4. David May 20, 2016 at 7:01 PM #


    As Hants will advise shortly, let Google me your friend!😀


  5. ac May 20, 2016 at 7:41 PM #

    And they had difference as well. Yuri was an unrepentant Marxist and Malcolm was smelted in the crucible of the Nation of Islam. But commonalities heavily outweighed perceived ideological differences. It was empire that had laid the vicious environment encircling both Malcolm and Yuri.

    Yur and Malcolm teaches all that no matter the color or race commonalities derived from injustices resulting in pain heart break and sorrow is a bridge that should not separate but binds,
    However what is of interest is the power play of the Japanese Govt and their people to hold americas feet to the fire with a committed defiance of making america pay for their injustices towards those held in war camps
    The underlying objective for reparations owed to the blacks of african descent is still held back with a mixture of Superior and inferiority complexes both within the white and black community that boggles the mind


  6. David May 20, 2016 at 8:06 PM #

    Good, Google working.


  7. de pedantic Dribbler May 20, 2016 at 8:17 PM #

    David, years ago people would write articles and other people would rad them and learn something they previously did not know. Or maybe they would appreciate the writer’s perspective which takes them along a path which they never knew existed.

    Or in fact they may have said but he/she talking bare foolishness.

    The fact sir is that they did not have to say a word or comment on the writer’s thoughts because it was done and digested as written…whatever the perspective.

    Not everything needs additional commentary beyond, Thank You or Well Written. Even on a blog!!!!

    So we say both to Pacha. We also re-read some of Malcolm’s words (good time as any), find out what makes this Marxist lady worthy (or maybe not) and move on.


  8. are-we-there-yet May 20, 2016 at 8:32 PM #


    Google is my friend and has been for years.

    But I use google only when I think it is necessary. If Pachamama had written a paragraph about Yuri Kochiyama and a few sentences about Malik el-Shabazz that introduced them to us from the angle he was promoting in his chapeau here I might have followed on and googled the lady and responded from my perspective on such things. As it was, however, there was no reason for me to respond.


  9. Well Well & Consequences May 20, 2016 at 8:35 PM #

    Pedantic…I take it you never lived in the US, people who have are way more passionate about the atrocities visited on others by those who proclaimed themselves superior gods for centuries, even by the Japanese who invaded China until their ambition was cooled by the A bomb….but particularly by those jackholes in the Southern US who believe they had/have a right, all wrapped up in their god to segregate based on race…etc

    Here is one of the best examples you will ever read…truly the stuff of legends.


    And they are still doing crap in the US to other people wrapped up in their idea of this and that.


  10. Hopi May 20, 2016 at 9:06 PM #

    El- Haaj Malik el Shabazz…The Prince stood like a collosal speaking Universal Truths about the the Black Man. He was a man before his time, a man of his time and a man of a future time. He has done more for Black folk than any bible-toting Rent-A-Pimp standing in the Pulpit brow-beating the Wretched of the Earth into having their ‘sins’ washed away and becoming whiter than snow.

    You’d probably be in disbelief if you were to return to this realm only to find the Black man still in mental squalor. We Blacks realised that we can run but we can’t hide. We’re still catching hell here on earth because we’re hard-headed and we’ve forsaken the teachings of our fore-fathers. But someday we’ll get it either by consent or by force “for the mind has a strong drive to correct and re-correct itself over a period of time if it can touch some substantial original historical base.” But some of us will press on for you have left your mark.

    You’ve probably met the King out there somewhere in the ether.

    “O people of the earth, men born and made of the elements but with the spirit of Divine Man within you, rise from your sleep of ignorance.” Be sober and thoughtful. Realise that your home is not in the earth but but in the light. Why have you delivered yourselves unto death, having power to partake of immortality? repent and change your minds. Depart from the ‘dark light’ and forsake corruption forever. Prepare yourselves to climb thru the SEVEN RINGS and to blend your souls with eternal light.”

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  11. ac May 20, 2016 at 9:20 PM #

    it is also interesting that article reference Malcolm X as having a compassionate heart, not one to dispute such a illustrious and glowing affirmation of Malcolm . however to what attributes would his compassion be ascribed or should his actions be there negative or positive be defined by his statement “by any means necessary”which then goes to the heart and soul of who Malcolm the man was


  12. de pedantic Dribbler May 21, 2016 at 6:53 AM #

    It is clear that Malcolm X’s too oft quoted ‘by any means necessary’ goes to the heart and soul of the man’s militancy. And it is also clear that he was never a MLK pacifistic in any of his 39 short years.

    But by the same token at the time of his death his heart and soul were closer to King’s way of process than that of a Huey Newton’s, for example.

    Not to play semantics but Malcolm did not embrace violence in so much as he was a strong proponent of Black self-defense to White America. Thus, ‘By any means necessary’ is a glib, catchy phrase that hardly does justice to what was at the core of Malcolm’s heart and soul.

    ON THE OTHER HAND, (it is so bland moving to this) when a leader can remark boldly that ‘he is not a leper’ or words to that effect about a man who is at the heart of the largest insurance financial swindle in our nation’s history and ‘get a lawyer’ to a man who is a lawyer and fighting his misdeeds against the core ethos of his own client, those statements go DIRECTLY to heart and soul of who your PM is!!!

    Malcolm’s evolved positively.

    What cess-pit did your PM fall into to reach his abysmal state of mind?

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  13. David May 21, 2016 at 7:01 AM #

    @Dee Word

    Do you have a view on if the approach by the pacifists in the 50s and 60s would have achieved the objective without the threat from the militants?


  14. ac May 21, 2016 at 7:31 AM #

    @ Pedantic In the heart and soul of any man who activates a tiny mustard seed of forgiveness through daily practices in that heart lies a compassionate and peaceful soul and a person who has achieve all that is necessary striving for goodness


  15. Bush Tea May 21, 2016 at 8:11 AM #

    @ de Dribbler 6:53AM
    Shiite man…. this is a new dribbler? ..What clarity! …What heat (Malcolm) and Cold (Froon).

    @ AC
    One of the hallmarks of genuine compassion and peace, is a burning commitment to justice and righteousness that can HONESTLY say ‘by any means necessary’.
    Coming from a pure heart it means something COMPLETELY different to when Froon says ‘get a lawyer…’

    It is difficult for Bushie to rationalise how Barbados can have produce persons who think on the level of Pacha and Hopi….. their’s is a level of thinking that goes completely against the normal brassbowlery.

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  16. Bush Tea May 21, 2016 at 8:23 AM #

    @ David 7:01 AM
    NO …. it took BOTH.
    Those people only responded to the burning of their cities.

    At the same time, they were able to claim that they ‘acceded to the pacifists’ in a face-saving compromise only because King and his more acceptable group were available.

    The alternative would have been a major race/civil war……and if they could not exterminate Blacks after 400 years in total and complete control of us, what would you think of their chances in the 1960’s with armed Black Panthers…. and growing levels of organisation by other black groups…?


  17. ac May 21, 2016 at 8:36 AM #

    Any one can take away from the words “by any means necesssry what ever lies in their heart. For me by any means necessary is a symbolism to do that which is the sum total required to achieve the necessary goals


  18. Well Well & Consequences May 21, 2016 at 9:18 AM #

    AC and Alvin are only on this forgiveness kick because dishonest Fruendel and DLP ministers got caught trying to sneak their 10% pay raises pass the people, if they had gotten away with it, they would not be seeking any forgiveness cause their pensions would be tight and alright….lol

    No AC and Alvin….Froondel and his gang will never be forgiven for that slick one….it came to close to working.

    What forgiveness what, that is pie in the sky.


  19. Well Well & Consequences May 21, 2016 at 9:28 AM #

    One cannot forgive what those misguided, greedy, self-absorbed white fools did after they stole the natives’ birth right in the US, continued without one iota of conscience or feeling, to dehumanize blacks to an even lower level post slavery, all in the name of their god, they had the mentality of beasts, which has been passed through their DNA, a bit more refined now, but still dangerous and deadly nonetheless…cause as we speak you can be sure they are at this moment planning some wicked shit for those whom they hate.

    That forgiveness crap got Martin Luthrr King killed, his patience brought changes but he and oyhrrs had to put up a resistance to affect those changes, it was not done by staying home and saying I forgive you, the marches were a deciding factor, despite attack dogs and water cannons.

    The Black Panthers drove the fear…all combined they achieved the desired results….for those times.


  20. de pedantic Dribbler May 21, 2016 at 4:11 PM #

    @David, Bush Tea captured it well. The two – together – played the key role in forging the policy changes from the era.

    Had he and Malcolm’ adopted the same militant philosophy as the main-stream narrative then surely race-riots would have erupted. Their counter-balance to each other was very important.

    … (BTW, @Well, welI it is beyond facile to suggest that Dr King’s non-violence got him killed. He would have been killed just the same were he preaching violence. )…

    I would never overtly support the militant actions of Newton’s Black Panthers or Malcolm’s strongest views of death to whites but I understand them completely. The FBI and the broader white society also appreciated their impact and as such were really more worried by King’s peaceful approach.

    They could fight fire with fire against the Panthers and Malcolm but that approach against King created greater support for him and the civil rights movement.

    So in every way possible non-violence benefited tremendously by the violence of death and mayhem meted out to police officers and others whites in the struggles of the 50s and 60s.

    Violence begat violence…but peaceful protests encouraged the same violence. So the threat of one coupled with the intensity of the other ensured that a compromise was eventually reached.

    –Addendum: Let us be clear. Violence is not the answer. Thus Nelson Mandela is the giant of the 20th century for his actions in SA.

    Yet any Black person who saw or experienced any of the white against black degradation of the period would have been enraged and could easily have embraced a violent path. The details of provocation are well known.

    There is a book of pictorial essays titled “The Movement; Documentary of a Struggle for Equality by Lorraine Hansberry. In it she has reproduced some black & white photos from the period. A few ‘validate’ Malcolm’s oft quote mantra “any means necessary”.

    I can’t reproduce them here for the blog as my scanner in not working. So suffice with this description.

    @p24: Group of white men all in jackets and most wearing ties and smiling for the camera (remember in those days it was truly a production to take a photo) standing behind the still smouldering remains of what is the body of a young negro male. The way how his body is arched with his hands trapped behind him on a ‘bed’ of wood its reasonable to conjecture he was beaten and then cooked alive.

    @p10: Group of white men and women, again posing gleefully for the camera in the foreground of two hanging bodies: Males. Darker skin complexion. Bloodied. Broken necks.

    That was a the type violence that evoked the Panther type response.

    But of course the only way forward TODAY is via peace…


  21. David May 21, 2016 at 4:16 PM #

    @Dee Word

    How then do you explain how people comment based on a singular perspective?


  22. Pieceuhderockyeahright May 21, 2016 at 4:45 PM #

    @ The Blogmaster

    To your “Not one comment” remark there is also the group of late comers who are reading all of the blogs and ruminating on their respective content and have taken a while to get here.

    Then there is the type who once here, having entered the Veil of Profundity and Commitment to Black Consciousness that is Pachamama, have first to read and absorb what is his tangent of thought and where is he coming fro,

    THen there are the radicals among us who are locked into expressions of Malcolm X that go several levels deep into the literal translation of “by any means necessary”.

    And then there is the category of reader who being devoid of any sort of thought or contribution CANNOT VENTURE HERE and give anything of themselves far less contribute a realm of experience like Hopi has in her own contribution.

    Some of these topics are too deep for mere mortals and wheedle out the simpletons and for those simpletons who like myself feel emboldened to speak, show themselves to be simply spiritual stragglers or Alternating Current, which zenith and nadir do not meet the standard.

    And while I am here simpleton that I am I shall watch to see if the “Sand Nigger” will come here and engage in any meaningful fashion in this neck of the woods, but then again I do not expect that they can or will.


  23. Kiki May 21, 2016 at 5:36 PM #

    May 20th malcolm x day (this year)


  24. The Gazer May 21, 2016 at 5:58 PM #

    Sometimes I watch my son actions and wish that i had the money he has; and then i realize he is “pompasetting” with my one measly dollar. Malcolm would probably be amused at those who frown on “by any means necessary”. Little do they realize that is one of the vehicles that brought them ‘this far”.

    The Bush Man improved his grade with his comment….


  25. Well Well & Consequences May 21, 2016 at 6:17 PM #

    “BTW, @Well, welI it is beyond facile to suggest that Dr King’s non-violence got him killed. He would have been killed just the same were he preaching violence. )…”

    At least he would have taken some of the known parasites with him.

    There were also many whites who got killed trying to undo the injustices of that era.


  26. Well Well & Consequences May 21, 2016 at 6:21 PM #

    Sorry Pedant…I am not the peaceful, sacrificial type, If I am going to go becsuse of your stupidity, I will make absolutely sure that you will accompany me…but these are different times.


  27. de pedantic Dribbler May 21, 2016 at 7:21 PM #

    Ahh David, therein is the rub..they never, never ‘inculcate a singular’ perspective; they simply choose to highlight the singular perspective to justify their bias. Frankly, we all do that!!!

    I need go no further than our favorite bloggers (exactly as @Pieces just did actually) to validate that.

    Based on the time line enunciated by the white blogger @MoneyBrain I am about four years removed from him at school–although of course I went to a different school. Yet, I had friends and close relatives who went to Kolig before/during the period of his tales…and I thought I grasped the dynamics well enough.

    Yes it happened as he said. But for the thousands of Blacks coming off the racism of the years before and battling at the time with yet a new found voice of Black strength — consider the anger and strife in the US at that same time — his narrative sounds so absolutely ridiculous. The narrative he relates about the egregious ‘reverse-racism’ he experienced tells an almost incomprehensible tale of Barbados of the time, doesn’t it!!!

    To listen to blogger@John about plantation yard social dynamics is an absolutely enervating experience. But it is his and this a man who is not short of brain cells.

    So Mr Blogmaster the folks wading through the civil rights era were no different – white or black.

    Huey Newton and his cadre are seen by many as thugs who used political violence to fulfill their goals. By many others as the MOST effective Black political force of the period.

    Dr King was a ‘middle-class’ preacher’s son who knew racism but certainly not in the same way that the light-skinned, poor Malcolm Little experienced. His father died when he was a wee lad at the hands of racists, after all.

    The Panthers spawned many radical Black elected officials coming out of that period …as of course did Dr King’s SCLC. Many of those early stalwarts are reaching retirement now from elected office….

    All those elected officials and the millions of other Blacks are at the same time either one of those three in upbringing just as they are a gestalt of them all…

    …so its impossible that a singular perspective drove their political and social realities but in a contradictory way (that ‘too deep for mere mortals’ as enunciated by @Pieces) it certainly drove their personal – ‘singular’ – narratives as our stories drive ours.

    This simpleton gone. This too convoluted for me.


  28. Exclaimer May 21, 2016 at 7:25 PM #


    “Filmmaker Dan Murdoch spent last summer documenting clashes between a resurgent Ku Klux Klan, and a growing Black Power movement. Now in a follow up to ‘KKK: The Fight for White Supremacy’ he returns to America to revisit some of the people he met from the KKK and also meet members of the Black Liberation Movement: to find out what black power means, what their motivations are and why their movement seems to be gaining traction. With rare access to members of the Black Liberation Movement, Murdoch quickly finds himself in the midst of an armed black militia, outraged at the treatment of black people at the hands of police, patrolling the streets of their communities and calling for change.”


  29. Observing May 21, 2016 at 8:18 PM #

    Malcolm was on the verge of being the greatest and possibly most effective social, political, religious, civil rights leader of his or any other time. The bullets in the Audobon put a stop to that.

    His quotes should be interpreted in the context of his evolution from Detroit Red to el-Hajj Malik.

    His is as wonderful a story of personal growth if there was any.

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  30. ac May 21, 2016 at 8:21 PM #

    His religious ties in part accounted for his death.


  31. Kiki May 21, 2016 at 8:49 PM #

    There were many people dragged into the life long fight for basic rights, it was their life not a choice


  32. Observing May 21, 2016 at 9:44 PM #

    You might have to clarify which ties for those who are tuning in to learn a bit. 🙂

    Many are called, but the chosen are few.



  33. Kiki May 21, 2016 at 9:54 PM #

    Special Request for Observing


  34. ac May 21, 2016 at 10:05 PM #

    Well remember that the insurgence of the Moslem community of which he was a member was not well received in the black or white Community meaning that his activism could have in fact given rebirth to the Moslem community a threat that the powers that be could not entertain or afford in that many blacks would have been encouraged by his message translating into a powerful force with an effect as no longer seen as black americans but black and Moslem


  35. Observing May 21, 2016 at 10:15 PM #

    Blessings and thanks I-dren!!!!!!!


  36. de pedantic Dribbler May 22, 2016 at 3:43 AM #

    @AC, do you actually realize that what you said at May 21 at 10:05 PM is actually contradictory??

    “Well remember that the insurgence of the Moslem community of which he was a member was not well received in the black or white Community meaning that his activism could have in fact given rebirth to the Moslem community a threat that the powers….

    What powers that be are you talking about here?

    At that period of his death what ‘rebirth of the Moslem(??) are you talking about?

    You appear to suggest that X was killed by the CIA or the FBI’s newly formed covert COINTELPRO undercover ops team assassins.

    Was Minister Mohammad a Sunni or Shiite Moslem?

    Answer those wild and wacky queries (to yourself) and you will see how absolutely wild and wacky your remarks were.


  37. ac May 22, 2016 at 7:13 AM #

    Look there are a lot of wild and wacky and controversial scenarios surrounding Malcolm death so my answer if being wild and wacky can be counted as one of them


  38. ac May 22, 2016 at 11:28 AM #


  39. Hopi May 22, 2016 at 4:54 PM #

    Another Great Black Man/Leader was Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso.


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